Boris Johnson okays wearing masks in school corridors, not in classrooms

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that it is okay to make pupils and staff wear masks in school corridors but not in classrooms, after the government abandoned its advice that children should not wear face coverings in England’s secondary schools.

“What we are saying is if you are in a school where there is a ‘hotspot’ then it probably does make sense in confined areas outside the classroom to use a face covering in the corridor and elsewhere,” Johnson said during a visit to a school in the English city of Leicestershire. 

He added, however, that it would be “clearly nonsensical” to impose the use masks while the students are in the classroom. “But not in the classrooms because that is clearly nonsensical — you cannot teach with face coverings, you cannot expect people to learn with face coverings,” Johnson stressed.